BERK-CD5492: Early Medieval brooch

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Unique ID: BERK-CD5492

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An Early Medieval (Viking) copper alloy trefoil brooch (AD850-950). The brooch is tri-lobed with one lobe broken and missing. On the reverse of one of the lobes are twin perforated lugs, probably to hold a pin. There is no trace of a catchplate but that may be on the missing section of the brooch. The front surface is decorated with a carved zoomorphic motif that is repeated on each of the lobes. At the top of the each lobe, in the centre of the brooch, is an animal's face with a triangular nose and two pellets for the eyes. Each lobe is filled with a circular interlaced pattern and four oval pellets. It is possible these represent the body of the animal. Traces of gilding remain in the recesses of the carving. Copper alloy is red brown with patches of a pale green patina.

Dimensions: length: 56.50mm; width: 27.48mm; thickness: 8.19mm; weight: 17.37g.


Included in Kershaw 2010 as catalogue no. 411.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Class: trefoil
Sub class: Maixner type Z 1.3

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Late
Ascribed Culture: Viking
Date from: Circa AD 850
Date to: Circa AD 950

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 56.5 mm
Width: 27.48 mm
Thickness: 8.19 mm
Weight: 17.37 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st August 2006 - Friday 1st September 2006

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Paula Levick
Identified by: Mrs Kate Sumnall

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: West Oxfordshire (District)
To be known as: Bampton

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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